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‘Cyanide’ Mallika, Sasikala’s dangerous neighbour in Bengaluru prison, shifted

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‘Cyanide’ Mallika, Sasikala’s dangerous neighbour in Bengaluru prison, shifted

Posted on 22 February 2017 by GGS News

BENGALURU : A convicted serial killer housed next to the cell of AIADMK leader VK Sasikala in Parappana Agrahara central prison+ was shifted to Hindalga prison in Belagavi, north Karnataka, early this week.
The news that Sasikala was put up in a cell next to that of ‘cyanide killer’ Mallika+ , aka KD Kempamma, 52, in the women’s barracks had made headlines late last week in the backdrop of allegations that the AIADMK leader’s life was under threat. ‘Cyanide’ Mallika, possibly the country’s first woman serial killer, has been accused of killing six women. She allegedly identified rich women frequenting temples in and around Bengaluru, befriended them and killed them using cyanide before making off with their jewellery.’Cyanide’ Mallika was arrested in 2008 and convicted in many cases. Officials said Mallika was shifted due to security reasons. However, jail sources said Mallika was friendly and cordial with Sasikala. “In fact, she would not allow Sasikala to stand in queue during meal time. She used to bring the food for her,” a source said, adding authorities might have been uneasy about it. The shifting was a hush hush affair and officials did not inform Mallika on the move, the sources said. “They just asked Mallika to pack up her belongings and get ready to shift to another cell,” a source said, adding the murder convict was then bundled off to Hindalga jail.
One of the oldest prisons in the country, Hindalga jail houses scores of convicts on death row, besides several accused in terror cases.
The shifting of Mallika comes amid efforts by Saskala’s lawyers to get the AIADMK leader shifted to a jail in Tamil Nadu+ . Incidentally, Sasikala is housed in the cell where another high-profile murderer, advocate Shubha Shankarnarayan, had been lodged for years.
Daughter of an advocate, Shubha was convicted of murdering her techie-fiance in collusion with her boyfriend and his aides in 2003. At least 500 women prisoners, both convicts and undertrials, are in Bengaluru jail.IT

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Scam in Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘Mohalla Clinic’? Vigilance Department initiates probe over doctors earning Rs 4 lakh/month

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Scam in Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘Mohalla Clinic’? Vigilance Department initiates probe over doctors earning Rs 4 lakh/month

Posted on 22 February 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Treating one patient in a minute is impressive, but to treat two is truly record breaking, some would even say impossible. But that allegedly is what a group of specialised doctors are doing. According to the Vigilance Department, it has received complaints that doctors working for the Delhi government’s pilot project — Mohalla Clinic, are treating 533 patients per day in just four hours.

If one does the maths, this means that every patient is given just 36 seconds to state his/her medical ailment and be treated.

Not surprisingly, the Vigilance Department initiated an internal probe two weeks ago on the overall functioning of the mohalla clinics. But is that not just the questionable speed at which the patients are allegedly being treated that is the issue. Documents accessed by DNA show the department had received many other complaints against the pilot project which had driven them to initiate the probe.

Asked to comment, Ashwani Kumar, Director of Vigilance Department, Delhi government said, “We have received complaints on the matter and all these issues are being investigated.”

In a letter, the department has raised 11 points of concern to which it sought replies from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the Chief Medical District Officer (CDMO). The former DGHS has submitted his reply to the department and the CDMOs are now preparing their replies to send to the Vigilance Department.

Senior officials in the department confirm that the letter sent to the DGHS and CDMO used the word ‘scam’ while addressing the clinics. They said the word had been used because of what the probe has revealed so far.

“Doctors in the mohalla clinics are making false entries of patients, hence making up to Rs 4 lakh per month, income touching more than that of the Prime Minister and the President. Everyone in the health department knows this, but are doing nothing,” said the Vigilance Department in its letter.

Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendra Jain as well as the Delhi government’s spokesperson did not respond to queries sent by DNA.

Currently, there are 110 mohalla clinics operating from various parts of the Capital with 106 doctors working in these clinics. Every doctor gets Rs 30 per patient per day in these clinics which are operational from 9 am to 1 pm.

Vigilance officers probing the clinics says that since doctors are being paid to treat a patient, a day; they are duping patients by giving them ‘useless’ medication to make them come back.

“Doctors are prescribing useless medications to make patient come back, as they make money from these visits. We have also found that false patients’ entries have been carried out by doctors in these clinics to earn more,” said a senior official of the Vigilance Department.

Sources in the Health Department confirmed the allegations. The source spoke about a doctor, living in the north-west district of the Capital who has earned Rs 1.8 lakh per month.

“This means, on an average the doctor who is earning Rs 1.8 lakh per month is treating one patient per minute,” said a senior official from the Health Department.

Senior officials also said that by allegedly ‘treating’ such patients in such record time, the doctors are violating norms. During the inaugration of the clinics in 2015, doctors were told to spend at least 7-10 minutes on a single patient.(DNA)

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Major mishap in Karnataka’s Yadgir; nine killed, 43 injured as tanker rams into tempo

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Major mishap in Karnataka’s Yadgir; nine killed, 43 injured as tanker rams into tempo

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Bengaluru : In a massive road mishap at least nine people including three children lost their lives while other 43 people endured critical wounds post a head-on collision between a tempo and a cement tanker in Karnataka’s Yadgir district in the wee hours on Tuesday.

As indicated by the primary data, nine individuals were killed on the spot.

The harmed were hurried to a district hospital in Yadgir for restorative treatment.

The mishap occurred after a tempo conveying a few travelers had a fatal crash with a cement tanker.

The occurrence occurred close Ramasamudra town in Yadgir taluk, say reports.

“They were all coming back from Shahpur to Ganapur town in Yadgir in the wake of going to an engagement work at Bhimarayanagudi in Shahpur taluk,” a police official told correspondents.

In another mishap in Belagavi, three individuals from a family were killed when a truck hit their auto by which they were going to Goa, on Dharwad-Ramnagar street, close Astoli town of Khanapur taluk, on Sunday night.ANI

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BSF Foils Infiltration Bid in J&K’s Rajouri, One Militant Killed

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BSF Foils Infiltration Bid in J&K’s Rajouri, One Militant Killed

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Srinagar : Border Security Force personnel foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Keri Sector of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir and gunned down a terrorist in the wee hours of Tuesday.
According to media reports, BSF troops deployed at the fence of LoC in Keri Sector observed a suspicious movement of a group of terrorists at midnight and organised effective firing.

A gunfight ensued between BSF 163 Battalion and terrorists. Two terrorists managed to flee the spot amid the hail of gunfire but one terrorist was annihilated, according to a report.

“Terrorist retaliated with heavy fire, the cross-firing continued for half an hour,” the release said.

The terrorists opened fire at BSF after they foiled an infiltration bid along the International Border, the report said.

The BSF troops recovered the dead body of a militant along with one AK-47 Rifle and 06 magazines filled with ammunitions at a fence on Pakistani side during a detailed search today morning.

Earlier this month, a 20-metre tunnel dug from Pakistan to help terrorist infiltrate into India was found by BSF near the International Border.

The tunnel was recovered during searches at Ramgarh sector in Samba.

 

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BMC polls 2017 : Bollywood personalities, politicians urge people to step out and vote; 8.07 percent voting till 9:30 am

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BMC polls 2017 : Bollywood personalities, politicians urge people to step out and vote; 8.07 percent voting till 9:30 am

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Mumbai : Elections to civic bodies including the pivotal Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are underway in Maharashtra.
Voting is being held for a total of ten major civic bodies, including the cash rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The BMC polls are being dubbed a ‘mini assembly’ elections and are being seen as a referendum on Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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Mumbai: CM Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis casts his vote, urges people to vote to bring about change. #BMCelectionpic.twitter.com/PR3ZoZeqkQ
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Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, accompanied by his wife & son, queues up at a polling booth in Mumbai’s Bandra East #BMCelection
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A turnout of 8.07 per cent registered up to 9.30 am in Mumbai. Upto 8.55 per cent voting recorded in Malad, 9.91 per cent in Boriwali, 8.68 per cent in Goregaon, 7.88 per cent in Bhandup, 4.60 per cent in Ghatkopar, 8.02 per cent in Worli and 8.43 per cent in Bandra East.
Senior Congress leader and former Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde cast his vote for civic body polls in Maharashtra’s Solapur.
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Noted filmmaker Zoya Akhtar has spoken out against the Shivaji Statue issue after casting her vote. “Splurging on monuments like the Shivaji memorial shows the administration’s misplaced priorities,” she said. “There is a dire need to develop civic infrastructure instead”, she added.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray says he wants to see who wins money or work.
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Maharashtra: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari casts his vote for Nagpur Municipal Corporation polls, at a booth located in Nagpur’s Town Hall.
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Mumbai: Deepak Parekh,Chairman HDFC casts his vote,says, #DeMonetisation has nothing to do with these polls&we need to move on #BMCelection
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Legendary actor Rekha and filmmaker Zoya Akhtar cast vote.
Senior citizens cast vote at polling booth number 214(18) at Peddar Road.
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Polling underway in BMC and nine other civic bodies in multiple cities of Maharashtra.
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Whoever wins development of Mumbai is important, says former actor Tina Ambani.
Despite being in coalition for state government, BJP and Sena are fighting the civic polls separately for the first time in over two decades.
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Nagpur: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat casts his vote at a polling booth in Bharat Mahila Vidyalaya for Nagpur Municipal Corporation elections
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Elections to #BMC & nine other civic bodies in Maharashtra to be held today. Preparations underway at a booth on Mumbai’s Pedder Road.
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Over 2200 candidates are contesting for 227 seats.
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#TopStory-Voting in #CivicBodyPolls to start in multiple cities of Maharashtra at 7.30am. People queue up at a booth on Mumbai’s Pedder Road
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Earlier, the BMC had appealed to the voters to come out in large numbers and cast vote. “We are ready to help you exercise your franchise. Please take part in this democratic process from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm and cast your vote,” the Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta had said in a statement.
The BJP is expecting at least 55 per cent voter turnout in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections and has appointed one person per 200 voters to ensure they exercise their franchise.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is pulling out all the stops to capture power at the country’s richest civic body and attacked the Uddhav Thackeray-led party relentlessly during the campaigning.
Out of 91,80,491 registered voters, 50,30,361 are male, 49,49,749 female and 381 transgenders.
Counting of the votes would take place on Thursday.
The voting percentage in the BMC polls held in 2007 and 2012 stood at 42 per cent and 45 per cent respectively.IT

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Air pollution claims two Indian lives every minute, says study!

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Air pollution claims two Indian lives every minute, says study!

Posted on 19 February 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The air Indians breathe is turning more toxic by the day and an average of two deaths take place daily due to air pollution, says a new study.

According to medical journal The Lancet, over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution and some of the worst polluted cities of the world are in India.

The study released this week but based on 2010 data estimates that globally 2.7-3.4 million pre-term births may be associated with PM 2.5 exposure and South Asia is the worst hit accounting for 1.6 million pre-term births.
The study says causes of air pollution and climate change are intricately linked and needed to be tackled together.

The Lancet concludes that climate change posed both a “potentially catastrophic risk to human health”, while conversely being “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century” if the right steps are taken.

The smog over northern India is extracting a heavy toll, every minute two lives are lost in India due to ambient air pollution, the study published in The Lancet says.

Further, according an estimate by the World Bank, this would amount to a whopping $38 billion loss in income towards labour in India.

Air pollution has also emerged as the deadliest form of pollution and the fourth leading risk factor for premature deaths worldwide, it says.

Recently, 48 leading scientists released the study and they find that Patna and New Delhi the worst polluted cities of the world for PM 2.5 levels or the fine particulate matter that hurts the heart most.

The study notes that a broader evidence base on interrelated health and climate change trends will notably help demonstrate clear co-benefits of action.

An estimated 18,000 people die every day due to air pollution exposure, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk.

The World Bank in turn estimates it costs the global economy $225 billion a year in related lost labour income.

Contradicting some of the Indian reports, The Lancet says coal fired power plants contribute to 50 per cent of the ambient air pollution.

Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave recently admitted in Parliament that the country spends a mere Rs 7 crore annually on monitoring air pollution for a vast country of India’s size with a 1.3 billion population.

He had also said no credible study to quantify number of people who have developed lung and allied diseases or number of deaths directly as a result of air pollution is available.

Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan, a trained physician himself, says, “Pollution when it starts affecting lungs especially in little children can be a killer, it is like a slow poison and there is no reason for me not to be worried, a lot has been done, but still a lot that needs to be done.”

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4 crore took part in human chain to support prohibition: Nitish Kumar

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4 crore took part in human chain to support prohibition: Nitish Kumar

Posted on 17 February 2017 by GGS News

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said that four crore people took part in the human chain to support prohibition on January 21 while the target was only two crore.
“There was a taget of participation of two crore citizens in the human chain on January 21, but more than four crore joined hands to express commitment against liquor and created history,” Kumar said in Sitamarhi.

The decided routes fell short for the mammoth human chain and people of Bihar stood in more than one lines to express their support of total prohibition, said Kumar, who stood at Gandhi Maidan in Patna at the start of the human chain on that day, said.

The mammoth human chain is said to be biggest in the world so far.

The CM was addressing devotees at Baghi Dham where a ‘yagna’ was organised on the occasion of birth anniversary of Brahmlin Baba Tapaswi Narayan Das ji in Sitamarhi.

Kumar said that the Grand Alliance government took the decision after assuming power in November 2015 to ban trade and consumption of liquor in the state to fulfil his commitment to women who had sought prohibition at a function on July 9, 2015.

Kumar said has been against liquor and other intoxicants since his youth.

Since 2011, November 26 is observed as Prohibition day in the state, he added.

“We had also decided to honour the village getting free from liquor,” he said highlighting the government’s efforts preceding imposition of total probition since April last year.PTI

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UP doesn’t need an ‘outsider’ like PM Narendra Modi: Priyanka Gandhi

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UP doesn’t need an ‘outsider’ like PM Narendra Modi: Priyanka Gandhi

Posted on 17 February 2017 by GGS News

Rae Bareli : Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi finally hit the campaign trail for Uttar Pradesh Assembly election addressing a rally at mother Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli today along with brother Rahul.Addressing the rally first, Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, farmers’ death and other issues. But it was Priyanka who launched a blistering attack on PM Modi and labelled him an outsider.
“Modi said UP has adopted him as a son. Does UP need to adopt anyone from outside for its development? UP doesn’t need an adopted son to do good for the state. Rahul Gandhi and Akhileshji are two sons of UP,” Priyanka said.
“Every youth of the state can become a leader and work for its development. Vote for the one who wants to work for you, not the one who makes false promises,” she added.HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS:
I appeal to you all to identify those who make false promises: Priyanka
PM has done nothing for Varanasi: Priyanka
UP doesn’t need an outsider: Priyanka
Ask people about development in Amethi: PriyankaUP doesn’t need an adopted son when it has its own: Priyanka
PM ne kaha mujhe UP ne godh liya aur mein UP ka vikas karoonga. Kya UP ko vikas ke liye kisi ko godh lene ki zarurat hai?: Priyanka Gandhi
PM Modi ne aapse food park chheen liya, aapka rozgaar cheena. ‘Made in Raebareli’ chheena. Kyunki badla lena tha
We wanted to build a food park here and set up several factories in Raebareli.
On November 8, he appeared before you all and said he has a new idea and made you all stand in queues.
PM Modi is friends with industrialists and he talks about working for the poor.
Modiji did nothing for Varanasi. He says India is dirty…I am going to America you get into the cleaning exercise.
After notes ban, Modiji waived Rs 1,200 crore loan given to Vijay Mallya.
Imagine… you were shown Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayengey…. after two and a half years, it turned out it is Gabbar Singh in Sholay.
Varanasi se kiya vaade Modi ji ne poore nahi kiye, Bhojpuri film city banane ka, ganga safai ka: Rahul
Modi ji ne kaha UP mein BJP sarkar bante hi kisano ka karza maaf hoga. UPA ne bhi kiya tha, tab Congress ki sarkar thi UP mein?
The farmers said three things – rain, hail and Modiji doesn’t give us compensations: Rahul
We took out a 30-day long yatra in Uttar Pradesh a few months ago. We spoke to the farmers: Rahul Gandhi
Interestingly, Priyanka was seen on the dias with Rahul a day after Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani targetted her, saying she will have to face questions from Amethi residents if she came visiting for campaigning.
“If she (Priyanka Gandhi) comes to campaign here, she has to answer the people’s questions,” Irani said when asked about Priyanka’s reluntance to join election campaign in Uttar Pradesh.
Irani unsuccessfully contested the Amethi seat against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Many campaign programmes of Priyanka had been made and cancelled in the past owing to the seat-sharing row between the two partner parties in the Gandhi family bastion of Amethi-Raebareli.
Sources said Priyanka said yes to campaigning only when the Samajwadi Party agreed to withdraw five of its candidates from the fray.
She was one of the main negotiators with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav when the alliance talks were on the brink of collapse.
While her name has been repeatedly appearing in the star campaigner list of the party, she is likely to restrict herself to Amethi-Raeareli only.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address a rally on February 20. She has so far kept herself away from campaigning as she is reportedly not in “the best of health”.
Raebareli goes to polls on February 23 and Amethi on February 27.IT

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EC issues notice to Sasikala on plea challenging her nomination as AIADMK gen secy; OPS seeks secret ballot

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EC issues notice to Sasikala on plea challenging her nomination as AIADMK gen secy; OPS seeks secret ballot

Posted on 17 February 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The Election Commission on Friday issued a notice to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikal based on a petition challenging her nomination as the party general secretary, even as the rival O Panneerselvam camp has intensified its demand for a secret ballot during the trust vote in the Assembly.
Representing the Panneerselvam camp, Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan reportedly petitioned the Commission on the legality of Sasikala’s elevation.

If Sasikala is removed from the post, her decision to expel former chief minister Panneerselvam from the party will stand null and void.

Governor C Vidyasagar Rao had given Chief Minister and Sasikala loyalist ​Edapaddi Palaniswamy 15 days time to prove his majority in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly.

Also Read: Trust vote: Will oppose Edappadi K Palaniswami in Tamil Nadu Assembly, says MK Stalin

Palaniswamy’s supporters claimed that he had the backing of 124 of the 135 party legislators.

On Friday, the Panneerselvam faction met Speaker P Dhanapal to demand a secret ballot when the motion of confidence is moved in the Assembly.

The trust vote is scheduled on Saturday.

After holding hectic discussions at Panneerselvam’s residence, a small group of AIADMK leaders reportedly met the Speaker in the Secretariat.

Also Read: Panneerselvam camp demands secret ballot to decide on confidence motion

S Semmalai, a Panneerselvam loyalist, said they have urged the Speaker for a secret ballot to decide on the motion of confidence.

However, a former MP of AIADMK is of the view that the legislators supporting Panneerselvam should vote against the confidence motion as a logical progression in their revolt.

“Panneerselvam and the legislators supporting him should openly vote against the motion of confidence and to build the credibility in the people`s mind space,” KC Palaniswamy told IANS on Friday.

On Thursday, Edappadi K Palaniswami, of the Sasikala camp, was sworn-in as Chief Minister along with 30 ministers.

The Assembly will be convened on Saturday where Palaniswami with 125 legislators in his camp will seek the confidence of the house for his government.

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LIVE: E K Palaniswami sworn-in as new Tamil Nadu chief minister along with 30 cabinet ministers

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LIVE: E K Palaniswami sworn-in as new Tamil Nadu chief minister along with 30 cabinet ministers

Posted on 16 February 2017 by GGS News

Chennai : Edappadi K Palaniswami took oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister today ending the 10-day political drama in Tamil Nadu which witnessed AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala and rebel O Panneerselvam involved in a bitter battle over the CM’s chair. Palaniswami, a Sasikala loyalist, is the third Tamil Nadu CM in less than three months.
Governor C Vidyasagar Rao has given Palaniswami 15 days to prove his majority in the Assembly. | 
Governor administered the oath of office and secrecy to 63-year-old Palaniswami, a party veteran from western Tamil Nadu, and his 30-member Cabinet at a ceremony in the Raj Bhavan. The ministers were sworn-in in batches.
Political crisis in Tamil Nadu started after J Jayalalithaa’s death on December 5 which triggered a massive succession war within the ruling AIADMK. Jayalalithaa had powered the party to a rare successive term in office in the state in the May, 2016 Assembly polls. She continued on the post through her grim 74-day battle for life.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED THROUGH THE DAY:
O Panneerselvam to visit Marina Beach at 7.30 pm.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palanisamy and V K Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran pay tribute at Jayalalithaa’s memorial at Marina Beach.
Palaniswami has retained the crucial finance portfolio with himself. He also retained the portfolios of public works, highways and minor ports that he had held in the earlier O Panneerselvam ministry.
30 ministers of Palaniswami government take oath.
Edapaddi Palaniswami takes oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Ministers of Palaniswami cabinet taking oath.
Four women in Palaniswami’s Cabinet: Valarmathi, Dr Nilofer Kafeel, Dr V Saroja and VM Rajalakshmi.
Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran not in minister’s list.
All members of Panneerselvam Cabinet except OPS and Pandiarajan have been retained in Palaniswami Cabinet. Portfolios of some have been changed.
30 plus ministers to be inducted into EPS cabinet: Sources.
DMK leader MK Stalin’s advice to CM Palaniswami: “Respect the Constitution and don’t adhere to the advice from Bengaluru prison.”
Except O Panneerselvam all 134 MLAs are with us. I’ve learnt swearing in will be around 4-4.30pm: M.Thambidurai
There are no factions, only O Panneerselvam is apart & his question shouldn’t arise because he isn’t party member: M. Thambidurai
This is people’s victory, we will carry forward Amma’s legacy in the coming days: AIADMK Senior Leader M. Thambidurai
We will not let AIADMK go into the hands of few of VK Sasikala’s family members: O Panneerselvam.
We will continue with our ‘dharm yudh’ until Amma’s rule is established: Panneerselvam.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission will hear petition regarding challenge of appointment of VK Sasikala as general secretary of the party. Hearing to start at around 3pm. Commission has given time to meet Dr V Maitreyan, a member of the Panneerselvam camp, along with other MPs of his party today at 2.45 pm.
Governor has given 15 days time to Palaniswami to prove majority in the Assembly.
No matter where Chinnamma is, she is still our guiding light: A MLA from Golden Bay Resort in his first reaction after governor’s invite.
According to sources the chief minister swearing in may take place today to end the ongoing crisis.
Palaniswami reaches Raj Bhavan.
Palaniswamy leaves for Raj Bhavan. He’s accompanied by five of his supporters. Palaniswami will organise a press meet after meeting the governor.
Meanwhile, the MLAs will remain at Golden Bay Resort.
Edappadi Palaniswami, Sengottaiyan, SP Velumani, Thangamani and Dindukal Srinivasan left Golden Bay Resort for Raj Bhavan.
On Wednesday, Panneerselvam gave a representation to the Governor claiming “majority” support and seeking an opportunity to demonstrate it.
The Panneerselvam camp has alleged AIADMK MLAs were held at a resort on Chennai’s outskirts against their wish.
IT

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